Biophotonics@Tyndall is a newly established collaborative research programme based at the Tyndall National Institute led by Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels. The Group’s focus will be to form close collaborations with clinicians, research centres and companies to accelerate biophotonics technology and rapidly deliver breakthrough technologies into the hands of health-care providers. Using photonics as a driver for the faster development and deployment of more accurate, less invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer and other diseases. The new programme has been formed by the Tyndall National Institute, the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and University College Cork, under a €5M award from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
Reporting to the Head of Biophotonics, the position of Principal Scientist will be expected to provide a supporting leadership role in the expansive research programme and in the supervision and management of the Biophotonics@Tyndall group at IPIC. The successful candidate will also be directly responsible for one or more of the projects to be initiated under this exciting new venture, including finding solutions to existing clinical and pre-clinical challenges and the advancement of techniques such as diffuse reflectance, fluorescence, Raman and photoacoustics.
The candidate is expected to be creative, self-motivated, and should inspire group members to work efficiently, create a friendly atmosphere and collaborative environment. This is a key position, of central importance for the success of building this new biophotonics activity at Tyndall and the establishment of partnerships with external research centres, such as INFANT and APC, and industry partners. The main technical area of expertise is most likely be within integrated optics, where many of the other project areas will need to develop integrated systems to enable the rapid deployment of the technology. This work will be conducted in collaboration with the group of Dr. Peter O’Brien at IPIC. The expertise area of research might also be within biomedical optics systems or waveguide engineering or other central fields of research within the team.